The importance of Omega-3

Published at: 21.01.2022 14:31

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Omega-3 is a very important fatty acid, which unfortunately our body can’t produce on its own. Of course, many foods like nuts, plant oils, seafood, and flaxseeds contain it. This fatty acid is an important building block for a strong cell membrane and is associated with a lower risk of several diseases. Nowadays when we have so many people being infected with Covid-19, the intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, is something that people just can’t ignore.

We have to pay more attention to our health and look for any possible way to boost our immune system. One of these ways is to simply eat healthy food. However, sometimes we can’t receive the necessary quantity of all micro and macronutrients and minerals just from our meals. Therefore it is good to take food supplements additionally.

Let’s pay attention to Omega-3

Some studies point out that the metabolites of both Omega-6 and 3 play a major role in the synthesis of different inflammatory mediators. Omega-3 FA (fatty acid /OM3FA for short) plays an important role in the host cellular membrane which regulates membrane fluidity and intricate lipid raft assembling in the cell membrane. Fish oil enhances antiviral response by inducing interferon (IFN) which inhibits viral replication.

Also, omega-3 FA produces less pro-inflammatory cytokines, so increasing its intake in the diet or supplementation can decrease viral entry, promote better immune function, and decrease severity among those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. A lot of studies point it out. One of them even concluded that omega-3 FAs could be a potential antimicrobial food supplement with little potential for drug resistance. However, the use of these fatty acids as antimicrobial agents has not received much attention in clinical medicine over the world.

What are the benefits of taking Omega-3?

Supports the heart’s health by increasing the levels of so-called good HDL cholesterol. Unfortunately, it doesn’t reduce the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol. But lowering the triglycerides and small doses help in reducing the blood pressure. Helps your eye health – your brain and eyes rely on omega-3 fats. We all know that seafood contains phosphor and other goodies which are beneficial for our eyes. Improves your skin health. Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and it contains a lot of omega-3. There are a variety of skin disorders for which the fish oil is useful – for example, dermatitis and dry skin. Boosts the immune system and reduces stiffness, joint pain, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, fish oil is highly recommended for people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

What dosage is safe?

Most health organizations recommend that the minimum intake should be between 250 -500 mg in combination with DHA and EPA. However, it is best to consult with your doctor and nutritionist. Every organism is different and has different needs.

What are the side effects?

There are some side effects that may occur in case of overdosing, allergies, or other reasons. Here is a brief list of them: fishy breath or taste in your mouth; loose stools; upset stomach, nausea. In case you experience some of them – contact your doctor. Regardless of how useful food supplements can be – keep in mind that they do not replace regular eating. A healthy and well-balanced diet includes a lot of water, activity, and healthy food.

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